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Len and Company (2015)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 10 June 2016 (USA)
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A successful music producer quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when his estranged son and the pop star he's created come looking for answers.

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Tim Godsall
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Len
Juno Temple ... Zoe
Jack Kilmer ... Max
Keir Gilchrist ... William
Kathryn Hahn ... Isabelle
Elias Toufexis ... Robert
Tyler Hynes ... Paul
Jonathan Potts ... August
Mark O'Brien ... Zach
Tracey Hoyt ... Mrs. Pickett
Peter Outerbridge ... Frank Coulter
Matt Baram ... Journalist
Justin Mader ... Cop
Jenny Raven ... Kelly
Chris Young Chris Young ... Jose
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A successful music producer quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when his estranged son and the pop star he's created come looking for answers.

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Comedy | Drama

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English

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10 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Conociendo a mi padre See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Anonymous Content,QVF Inc. See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Juno Temple was in Horns with Daniel Radcliffe who was in Harry Potter with Rhys Ifans See more »

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Never Say Never
Written by Benjamin Bossi, Larry Carter, Debora Iyall, Peter Woods, and Frank Zincavage
Performed by Romeo Void
Courtesy of Sony Music Canada and Talk Dirty Music, care of BMG Music Publishing
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TIFF and Tim Godsall
19 September 2015 | by christian94See all my reviews

Len and Company is a lean and mean cinematic machine. A gem of a genuinely funny, quirky and heart-warming film you don't want to end.

I saw an early morning screening at TIFF to a pleased crowd and with writer-director and the two lead actors.

Tim Godsall is a Toronto native who is behind some of the world's most innovative and funny commercials in most part including Axe and XBOX, but now he express himself fully in his first feature, filmed in Ontario but representing upstate New York contemplative country setting.

The character of Len, played brilliantly by Rhys Ifans, is the main draw of this story because it could have been a cliché rock star satyr, but breathes instead of freshness, frailty and lots of humanness without losing its rough edges and "coolness" factor. Balanced with a lost son looking for acceptance, estranged wife, friendly younger neighbour and a talented but tormented young artist (Zoe) played by Juno Temple, the story reaches a near-perfect portrayal of a man who had it all, but is lost in the world. This multi-character interplay is spot on from both acting and directing standpoint and you could see that a real synergy had developed between all of them.

Every scene had dramatic tension but with a lot of humour throughout and actual exploration of human, artistic, psychological and philosophical truths or realities. You got to know and care about all this characters, feel for them and laugh with them. See the world through their eyes for a while and wish maybe you could have been in their less than perfect world a little longer but also appreciating your less than perfect world more when the credits rolled all too soon.

Jack Kilmer plays the son, Max, in perfect opposition to Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple and the other supporting cast. He keeps the movie grounded and real as opposed to Len (and Zoe)'s eccentricities. But Len is Len and scenes like his autobiographic rant in the classroom are classic comedy at a high degree, but not without the levity and bitterness both felt by the character and omnipresent in the farce, making it never far-fetched.

Tim Godsall took the right script with the right people, added some choice music and made it magic! Script, silence, dialogue, images, music and mood mixed to perfection.

May we see more movies (and dare I say less commercials) from a clear storyteller with a welcome edge. Best movie of 2015 so far? You got it. Other critics point out some petty underutilization of some story elements, supporting acting (compared to Ifans unanimous monster performance) or pace (note: the movie seems to have been trimmed down from 102 to 97 mins). I rather see this film to be a self-contained contemporary concoction that does not try to be all-encompassing but rather fleeting but with feeling like all its characters. In this aspect, its achieves this with extraordinary efficacy. The emotions, laughter and struggle resonate and the resolution or (lacktherof) is a recipe for enjoyable repeat viewing.

Canada 2015 | 97 mins | Toronto International Film Festival | English


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